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Dan Patch awards to Darling, Siegelman

December 31, 2014

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For their vision of giving back to life beyond the racetrack, the US Harness Writers Association has voted Jack Darling two Dan Patch Awards – the Unsung Hero and Good Guy awards – and Robbie Siegelman has been selected to receive the January Davies Humanitarian Award.
Darling was the driving force behind two major fundraising efforts in 2014 -- initiating a broad-based fundraising effort to support telecasts of the Meadowlands Pace and the Little Brown Jug and establishing a fund for the family of his late friend and fellow horseman Mark Austin. When both projects became overwhelming successes, both the drive for television fund and the campaign to help Austin's family, centered around a "tribute night” to Keith and Ron Waples, raised more than $100,000 for their respective causes.

Robbie Siegelman, a New York/New Jersey trainer, has been working with unsung heroes for years – human heroes, people with daunting life challenges, such as the effects of military service on veterans and their families, the underprivileged of large inner cities, kids battling the horrors of cancer. Siegelman's special tool is the use of one of the mostly universally-acclaimed means of therapy – the Standardbred horse.

Both men have rung up very good training statistics since the USTA began compiling conditioner standings in 1991, with both individuals having guided the winners of more than $10 million in that period.
Awards for Darling and Siegelman, along with the Dan Patch Horse of the Year and additional human awards, will be presented on Sunday, February 22, 2015 in Orlando, Florida. Tickets for this gala event, the Dan Patch Awards Banquet--Night of Champions, are now available.

Tickets for the Dan Patch Awards Banquet are now available can be reserved via telephone or Email by contacting Judy Davis-Wilson at 302-359-3630 or Email: mailto:zoe8874@aol.com or Steve Wolf at 954-654-3757 or Email: stevenwolf1956@gmail.com.

Substantial savings on hotel rooms can be attained for this event, which is being held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Orlando at SeaWorld. A special rate of $115 can be reserved by calling 407-352-1100 BEFORE January 25, 2015, and mentioning code: Dan Patch or clicking this link.

The deadline for the Dan Patch Awards journal is Monday, Jan. 26. To advertise in the souvenir journal, please contact Chris Tully by calling 845-807-k7538 or Email: tullytrot@yahoo.com. (USHWA)

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